Pink skies over Verona
The 2010 Giro d’Italia belongs to Ivan Basso and Team Liquigas Doimo. The success was constructed with the powerful will of the entire Liquigas Doimo juggernaut, first in the time trial at Cuneo, then with the collaboration between Basso and Nibali, first on the dirt roads of Montalcino and then on the Monte Grappa; Basso’s great performance on the hard ramps at Zoncolan and in the time trial climb at Plan de Corones and Basso’s extraordinary work with the support of the entire team in the major alpine stages at Mortirolo and Gavia. Finally Ivan Basso entered the Arena di Verona with arms raised to ride the last metres that separated him from his pink jersey after 21 stages, 3 weeks of racing and more than 3,400 kilometres of steely will and extraordinary efforts. This was a beautiful Giro d’Italia, an exciting hard fought struggle from the first stage to the very last.
“With the pink jersey I’ve found happiness again – said Basso as he lifted his cup to the sky-. This victory is a starting point and now I’m looking forward to the roads and mountains of the Tour de France.” His eye is on the yellow jersey. Cycling has rediscovered one of its champions. After four difficult years he’s managed to make it back to the top with humility, determination, hard training and many sacrifices. Basso is the champion, wearer of the pink jersey, winner of the Giro. A piece of that pink jersey also belongs to his team mates, who were all extraordinary from beginning to end in every stage. They are a veritable “dream team”, and Elite is their official sponsor and supplier. They’re the only team to close out the Giro without any withdrawals: Nibali, Agnoli, Szmyd, Kiserlovsky, Sabatini, Dall’Antonia, Vanotti and Bodnar.
Elite enjoyed many satisfactions, closing the Giro with 5 athletes in the top 5 spots: The Liquigas Doimo pair Basso and Nibali who were first and third respectively; in between them the impressive Spaniard David Arroyo (Caisse d’Epargne), in a well deserved and honourable second place, and then at the foot of the podium in fourth place Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli), with Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) in fifth place. A total of 11 stage victories were branded Elite. In addition to the pink jersey, Elite also took the red jersey for the points standings conquered by World Champion Cadel Evans and the general team standings for both time and points with Team Liquigas Doimo. More photos on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eliterealpower